IU Scholars give back

Being Evans Scholars, we all understand that giving back is of the upmost importance. Therefore, this past November, 20 of our IU Scholars participated in Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM). IUDM is an annual 36-hour dance marathon benefiting the patients at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. It is with great pride that we can say we participated in the third largest student-run philanthropy in the nation, and we helped contribute to another record-breaking fundraising year as we eclipsed the $4 million mark. In order to be invited to the marathon, dancers are required to fundraise at least $500. Not only did all of Scholars meet the fundraising requirement, many went above and beyond that mark. For instance, several of our Scholars fundraised over $1,000 including senior Daniel Hopkins who fundraised an astonishing $3,500. Numerous Scholars were so moved by the experience that they decided to increase their involvement in Dance Marathon by joining committees that work yearlong to put on the event. When asked why he dances, freshman Gus Serrani said, "I stand and dance for those who can't." IUDM is truly a remarkable organization that embodies a lot of the same ideals as the Evans Scholarship and, therefore it is extremely exciting to see continued involvement by so many of our Scholars.